Apple to Debut Low-Cost MacBook Air With Retina Display, Revamped Pro-Focused Mac Mini in 2018

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is working on several new products for its Mac lineup, including a new low-cost MacBook Air and a Pro-focused Mac mini, reports Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

    The upcoming low-cost MacBook Air will be similar in design to the current MacBook Air, but with slimmer bezels around the display. It will continue to be sized around 13 inches, and it will feature a Retina display.


    We've heard multiple rumors about the upcoming low-cost notebook, but it has been unclear whether it is part of the MacBook family or if it will be branded as a MacBook Air. Today's report makes it clear that the new machine is going to be positioned as a MacBook Air upgrade, aimed at students and schools with a lower price tag than MacBooks in the MacBook family.

    Apple is continuing to make new MacBook models as well, and it's not yet clear how the company will differentiate the new MacBook Air from the MacBook. Right now, the MacBook's higher price tag, slimmer body, and Retina display set it apart from the MacBook Air.

    Apple is also said to be working on an upgrade to the Mac mini, which has not seen an update since October 2014. Little detail is available about the upcoming machine, but it is said to be focused on pro users with new storage and processor options that are likely to make it more expensive than previous Mac mini products.


    2017 rumors suggested Apple was working on a Mac mini that "won't be so mini anymore," which would be in line with a machine that has more powerful, less compact components.

    Bloomberg suggests Apple could potentially be planning to introduce the new Macs in October, following a September event that will see the launch of new iPhones and new Apple Watch models.

    New iPad Pro models with Face ID are also in the works, but it is not clear if these will debut in September or October.

    Article Link: Apple to Debut Low-Cost MacBook Air With Retina Display, Revamped Pro-Focused Mac Mini in 2018
  2. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    Will be nice for all those mac mini owners who want to finally upgrade.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl, Aug 20, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2018

    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Mac-oriented rumors are soooooooooo welcomed! More, more more! Make us BELIEVE!

    Edit: Because a few guys seem to be reading this as a jab at MacRumors, let me clarify it is NOT. It is excitement that maybe Apple is doing something to generate some new Mac rumors. IMO, MacRumors is great. And I'm glad to see something maybe happening on the Mac side of Apple. "More, more, more!" Apple. "Make us BELIEVE!" Apple.
  4. picaman macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2005
    A pro-focused Mac mini would be just perfect for me. Hopefully there is something for the lower end as well.
  5. parnas macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2007
    But does Mac Mini remains a product in Apple's lineup?
  6. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    As my internet friends like to say, The new Mac mini is almost certainly coming...
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
  8. jfrancis04 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2010
    Please no butterfly keyboard. Please no butterfly keyboard. Please no...
  9. LeeW macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2017
    Glasgow, Scotland
  10. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I’m doubting we will see new IPad Pros in Sept/Oct.

    With all the iPhone part leaks right on cue, and a new watch I doubt Apple will release another device so close.

    I hope I’m wrong cause I’m ready to upgrade!
  11. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Mac Mini will finally bring quad-core back... the problem is... the rest of Apple’s lineup as moved on to 6-Core.
  12. zooland macrumors member


    Aug 17, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Oh, a new Pro-mini? Guess I have to reconside to buy a new iMac. Well if this new Mini is accompanied with a new Apple Display. That would be awesome. I think.
  13. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    MR reports Apple news. It’s not their fault Apple doesn’t care about the Mac anymore and lives and dies with iPhone sales lol.
  14. JPack macrumors 68030


    Mar 27, 2017
    Long live MacBook Air!

    But seriously, no one ever thought the Air was going to disappear.
  15. wigby macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2007
    So does "pro-focused" mean the new Mini would be designed to be networked with many other Minis because that's the only way a pro would use a Mini?
  16. mscice macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2009
  17. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So it’s going to be a cheaper MBA but have a retina screen? Also a MBA with retina screen makes the rMB pointless. Sorry not buying it.
  18. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014
    If the Mac Mini specs are similar to the 15" MacBook Pro, I'd be somewhat ok with that, except for the soldered SSD and memory.
  19. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    No one needs an Apple TV sized underpowered Mac mini. One the current size or slightly larger with real internals would be a better option for Apple is it has potential to serve more users, I would think. As for the MBA—they’ll most certainly duck-up that machine by giving it that horrid keyboard I hate, removing the MagSafe and ports we love, in the name of simplicity (that actually adds cost and complexity) and with Retina display, that while lovely, takes two precious hours away from this machine’s currently brilliant battery life.
  20. bjwhite3114 macrumors member

    May 26, 2017
    Maybe the "Mac Mini Pro Maxi"?

  21. macduke, Aug 20, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2018

    macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I had this crazy theory that what Apple meant by modular for the Mac Pro was starting off with a Mac Mini-like base. I wonder if this is what that is or something else entirely. Basically you would have a base "box" which is the processor, RAM, and logic board. It would have Intel integrated graphics and an small SSD blade so it could run on it's own. Then you can stack components on top of this: GPU(s), SSDs, HDDs, capture cards and similar components for both video/audio production. It could all connect with a series of Thunderbolt 4 connectors (perhaps a variant that allows the components to stack together like lego bricks. The thing I'm not sure about is how the power supply would work, such as needing a larger one with multiple GPUs. I'm also not sure about whether Thunderbolt 4 would be fast enough for professional, highest-end GPU work. Isn't it supposed to be around 100Gbps? Perhaps the reason it has taken this long is they've been working with Intel on that standard (or building their own?).

    It could start with a six core processor and 256GB or maybe 512GB SSD and you built it up from there. Starting at $1499. Add on bits as you like. I'm also not sure if they would allow CPU upgrades. Surely a modular machine would have a RAM access door.
  22. ztw2002 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2012
    New York City
    I was going to get a new iMac, i guess a Mac Mini is fine too. I can share the same monitor with my Windows.
  23. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
  24. MTW macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2015
    Just what we wanted: A more expensive Mac Mini.

    Tim's greed never ends.

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